The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has announced the Core Writing Team that will prepare the Synthesis Report of the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) – the document that will integrate all the IPCC reports in the current assessment cycle.
The list of 30 Core Writing Team authors and nine Review Editors can be found here. The CWT will also include ex-officio members comprising the Chair, the IPCC Vice-Chairs, the Working Group Co-Chairs, the Heads of the Working Group and Synthesis Report Technical Support Units, and the Secretary of the IPCC.
Members of the Core Writing Team were selected by the IPCC Bureau, from the author teams of the three Working Group contributions to the Sixth Assessment Report and the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC, reflecting the balance in geographical distribution, gender, and representative of a range of expertise.
“The biggest simultaneous challenge and opportunity for the Sixth Assessment Report Synthesis Report is the massive increase in public awareness of climate change since the Fifth Assessment Report, and the readiness of governments and other actors to address the challenge,” said IPCC Chair Hoesung Lee, who will lead the preparation of the report.
“My main request to you as a member of the Core Writing Team will be to strive to go beyond listing the key findings of the Special Reports and Working Group contributions to AR6, to develop a Synthesis Report document that is a real integration of the AR6 cycle materials,” he said in a letter of welcome to the Core Writing Team members.
The Synthesis Report is due to be released in 2022, in time to inform the 2023 Global Stocktake by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) when countries will review progress towards the Paris Agreement goals, including the goal of keeping global warming to well below 2°C while pursuing efforts to limit it to 1.5°C.